Dec 4, 2014

In Syria, U.S.-trained rebels await more weapons, training

Syrian rebel commander Abdulaziz says U.S. military training helped his men kill at least 15 Islamic State fighters in a recent battle near Aleppo. Three months earlier, a similar engagement had gone the other way, with two of his men slain. But his group, ...

Islamic State's jihadi 'caliphate' has peaked: analysts

Dec 4, 2014

Islamic State's jihadi 'caliphate' has peaked: analysts

The tide is beginning to turn on the Islamic State group, analysts say, with the jihadis losing ground in Iraq and only able to hold on to their positions in Syria. Harassed by airstrikes and facing better coordination among their opponents, the militants have ...

Dec 3, 2014

Islamic State leader's wife, son detained: Lebanon

Lebanese authorities detained a suspected wife and young son of the Islamic State group’s leader, and were questioning the woman and conducting DNA tests on the boy, two senior Lebanese officials said Tuesday. Both officials refused to give further details about the woman believed ...

U.N. suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

Dec 2, 2014

U.N. suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

The World Food Program on Monday suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, blaming a financing crisis caused by unhonored cash pledges. The Rome-based U.N. agency said refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt risk going hungry ...

Dec 2, 2014

Kurds deny Canadian-Israeli woman captured by Islamic State militants

A Kurdish official in Syria denied Monday previous reports that Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg was captured by militants from the Islamic State group and a Facebook message on her page read “I’m totally safe and secure.” Rosenberg, 31, a civil aviation pilot who enlisted in ...

Nazi hunter says Adolf Eichmann's top aide presumed dead in Syria

Dec 2, 2014

Nazi hunter says Adolf Eichmann's top aide presumed dead in Syria

One of the world’s most wanted war criminals, the reputed top lieutenant of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, is presumed to have died at least four years ago in Syria, where he lived under government protection, a leading Nazi hunter said Monday. Alois Brunner, an ...

Nov 30, 2014

Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

Three cases of myiasis have been reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, U.N. health experts said Friday. Myiasis, an affliction caused when flies lay their eggs in wounds, is not lethal for humans, but its appearance ...

For Syrian rebels, push forward in south yields rare success

Nov 29, 2014

For Syrian rebels, push forward in south yields rare success

Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad’s seat ...

In devastated Kobani, sense of optimism takes hold

Nov 29, 2014

In devastated Kobani, sense of optimism takes hold

Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State ...

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Nov 28, 2014

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks. For more than 700 migrants, most of them fleeing the conflict ...

Syria regime raids on Islamic State's main stronghold kill 95

Nov 27, 2014

Syria regime raids on Islamic State's main stronghold kill 95

Syrian regime airstrikes on the Islamic State group stronghold Raqqa have killed at least 95 people, while a delegation from President Bashar aAssad’s government held talks Wednesday with key ally Russia. The bombing Tuesday was the deadliest by Assad’s air force in Raqqa since ...